Instructor: Person  Days: Monday  Time: 10:10am – 1:00pm

Location: Uptown Campus West

A course devoted to novels, personal narratives, and poems published between 1850 and 1870, a period commonly associated with American “romanticism” or the “American Renaissance.”  We shall read four pairs of works representing various genres and sub-genres.  In addition to the primary texts, we shall read selected works of literary criticism exemplifying various critical and theoretical approaches.


Requirements:  one short paper/prospectus, one longer research paper, preparation of one annotated bibliography and leading class discussion.


Reading List: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter and Other Writings (WW Norton: 0-393-97953-9)

Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (WW Norton: 0-393-97283-6)

Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin (WW Norton: 0-393-93399-4)

Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (WW Norton: 0-393-97637-8)

Frederick Douglass, Narrative of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (WW Norton: 0-393-26544-6)

Edgar Allan Poe, “Ligeia,” “The Black Cat,” “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “Hop-Frog” (

Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (WW Norton: 0-393-97496-0)

Emily Dickinson, The Poems of Emily Dickinson (Harvard UP: 0-674-01824-2)